The Chance of a Lifetime for Hispanic College Students

All about HACU's conferences

Hispanic College and University Students Get The Chance of a Lifetime for Hispanic College StudentsThe Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) hosts a number of conferences to draw together its members, partners, and other interested parties. Students have been a welcome component of these conferences for the last several years. Conferences provide great networking opportunities and the chance to meet college faculty and administrators. Conferences also give students a chance to learn about what’s happening in Hispanic higher education and to visit with representatives of federal agencies and major national and multinational corporations about internships and jobs. HACU’s annual conference takes place in the fall of each year at different sites around the country, focusing on different themes regarding Hispanic colleges and higher education. The 19th annual conference will take place October 15-18, 2005, in Phoenix, Arizona. The theme is “Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders.” This three-day conference is expected to draw more than 1,000 leaders from higher education, businesses, and the federal, state, and local governments.

College and university students throughout the United States are encouraged to participate and to provide insight on the challenges facing Hispanic college students and the institutions they attend. An exhibit area will feature 100 exhibitors representing the corporate, government, and education sectors. A career fair will offer students the opportunity to meet with corporate, government, and higher education recruiters. Special studenttrack workshops, leadership forums, student mixers, and exhibit hall tours will also be part of the conference. Students can e-mail for more information about student participation.

Plenary sessions provide a forum for key elected officials and federal and corporate leaders to address critical national and international issues in Hispanic college education. The annual conference’s Town Hall Meeting will continue to focus on Hispanic perspectives on issues that are important to today’s Hispanic educational administrators, faculty members, and students. Top-notch entertainers will perform throughout the conference. The 20th annual conference is scheduled for October 28-31, 2006, in San Antonio, Texas.

Each spring, university officials and government representatives gather in Washington, DC, for HACU’s Capitol Forum. This conference is geared toward HACU’s legislative agenda and the changes HACU wants to see in law and agency policy that will foster the growth of Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Speakers include congresspersons and representatives from the White House and Department of Education, as well as other federal agencies. A highlight of the forum is an afternoon devoted to congressional visits on Capitol Hill.

The Capitol Forum is a great opportunity to see the inner workings of the American system of government, to learn about the issues confronting Hispanic colleges and higher education, and to present views to congressional delegates and their staffs. The 2006 Capitol Forum will take place March 25-28, 2006.

Every two years, HACU hosts an International Conference to address the needs and issues of its international membership as they relate to Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the United States. The 6th international conference was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 22-24, 2005, with the theme of “Technology and Culture: International Convergence.” Spain is being considered as the venue for the 7th international conference in 2007.

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This article was written by Hannah Purnell

Hannah Purnell is a staff writer for Hannah writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.

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